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  • NEW YORK, April 9- BATS Global Markets is proposing to close its doors to thinly traded stocks in an unusual move that aims to increase trading volume in the shares of perhaps 500 to 600 micro- and small-cap companies. Chief Executive Chris Concannon said Thursday that BATS planned to file a letter with the Securities and Exchange Commission this month that would...

  • April 8- Ballooning pension payments, difficult negotiations with labor unions and threatened state funding cuts are some of the challenges facing Rahm Emanuel, who won a second term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday. As a result, rating agency Moody's Investors Service has dropped Chicago's general obligation credit rating six notches since 2010 to Baa2, two...

  • *Employers add 126,000 jobs in March. NEW YORK, April 3- U.S. Labor Department data showed U.S. employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, the fewest in more than a year.

  • April 2- Gambling technology company Playtech Plc said it would buy a majority stake in TradeFX Ltd for 208 million euros in cash to enter the trading platform and payment services market. TradeFX is majority owned by a trust for the benefit of Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi, Playtech's largest shareholder with a stake of about 33.6 percent.

  • UPDATE 1-Credit bureau TransUnion files for IPO Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    March 31- TransUnion, one of the largest credit bureaus in the United States, filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday for an initial public offering of common stock. The company, whose competitors include Equifax Inc and Experian Plc, sells credit reports to lenders which use the data to assess the credit worthiness of borrowers. TransUnion filed for an IPO in 2011...

  • Credit bureau TransUnion files for IPO Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 6:23 AM ET

    The company, which sells credit reports and services to business, listed Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Securities, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner& Smith among underwriters to the IPO.

  • DUBAI, March 26- The Kuwait Stock Exchange may offer up to 44 percent of its shares to a company that has experience in operating bourses when it goes public, a senior government official told Reuters on Thursday. Such a move, which still requires the sign-off by lawmakers in the Gulf Arab state, would open the way for an international exchange operator such as...

  • JERUSALEM, March 24- The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, seeking to reverse a decline in trading volumes and company listings, is launching a "Start-Up Nation" index of top Israeli technology companies traded around the world, it said on Tuesday. The new "TA-BIGITech" index, launched in cooperation with BlueStar Indexes, will comprise 57 Israeli and Israeli-related tech...

  • *China could be game changer for green bond market. LONDON, March 23- Companies could issue a record $30 billion in so-called "green bonds" this year, but further growth in the market will depend on developments in China and common standards, Standard& Poor's Rating Services said on Monday. This year, the corporate market has been boosted by more issuances, including...

  • TORONTO, March 11- A new Canadian stock exchange set to launch in late March will offer attractive fees for market data or waive them altogether in a bid to challenge the dominance of TMX Group Ltd's Toronto Stock Exchange. Aequitas Innovations Inc said on Wednesday that its Neo exchange will not charge retail investors for access to real-time displayed market...

  • BOCA RATON, Florida, March 11- Nasdaq OMX Group said on Wednesday it is expanding into energy derivatives with energy futures and options set to trade on the Nasdaq Futures Exchange at less than half the prices charged by incumbents CME Group and Intercontinental Exchange. Nasdaq has been pitching the new offerings to brokerages and banks for months and has...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Nasdaq OMX Group said on Friday its experiment in lowering exchange fees and rebates in 14 stocks has so far led to lower market share in those names on its exchange as many electronic market making firms sought higher rebates elsewhere. The experiment, which began on Feb. 2 and will run for at least four months, includes 14 stocks that had their...

  • LONDON, March 6- It's over two years since Charles Li, chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, threatened to use a "bazooka" on the long load-out queues at his new purchase, the London Metal Exchange. And that's about the time it still takes to get aluminium out of Detroit or Vlissingen, the two LME locations with embedded queues. The waiting time at Detroit...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- IEX Group, the start-up stock-trading venue featured in Michael Lewis' book "Flash Boys," hired a former New York Stock Exchange official as chief regulatory officer, the last piece of its senior management team as it moves to become an exchange later this year, the company said on Monday. Crowley will be IEX's main contact on regulatory issues with...

  • MUMBAI, Feb 28- India on Saturday proposed to merge its commodity market regulator with the capital market watchdog, aiming to strengthen regulation in a move which could help open the commodity futures market to institutional investors. Responding to the measure, shares of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd, India's biggest commodity exchange and its...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago's rating downgrade to Baa2 by Moody's Investors Service on Friday could terminate four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million, according to the credit rating agency. The swaps, which the city uses to hedge interest-rate risk on its variable-rate bonds, can be ended by bank counterparties if Chicago's credit...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Singapore Exchange Ltd may have just begun its search for a new CEO but investors and brokers already know what change they want to see: the bourse stripped of its regulatory powers and a rebuilding of its stock market business. Unlike other major financial markets, Singapore does not have a dedicated securities watchdog.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Singapore Exchange Ltd may have just begun its search for a new CEO but investors and brokers already know what change they want to see: the bourse stripped of its regulatory powers and a rebuilding of its stock market business. Unlike other major financial markets, Singapore does not have a dedicated securities watchdog.

  • *Euronext to imminently relaunch wheat futures contract. *Euronext raises EBITDA margin target. Feb 25- Euronext's 20 years of experience in wheat futures and a planned relaunch of its contracts will help the exchange operator cope if U.S. rival CME Group enters the European wheat market, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

  • MINSK, Feb 25- Belarus said on Wednesday a decision by Moody's rating agency to place the country's B3 government bond rating on review for downgrade was hasty. "I believe that this is a hasty decision," said Finance Minister Vladimir Amarin. "Today analysts have arrived and we will begin consultations."